The island’s observance of the 52nd Anniversary of Majority Rule is scheduled for Thursday, January 10, during an Ecumenical Service at the Pro Cathedral of Christ the King beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama, Harcourt Brown made the announcement yesterday. “On January 10, there will be an Ecumenical Service being held in Nassau and we want to mirror that here on Grand Bahama on the same day.”
According to Brown, “Rector of the parish, Father Norman Lightbourne, has already agreed to host the service.”
While the service in New Providence is expected to be quite brief, Brown stated that it is their intention to have the service here on the island of Grand Bahama displayed and celebrated, on a larger scale.
“We want to have a little more flavor in ours and so, we have invited Tabernacle Baptist (choir) to come and perform. We have also invited the choir from the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
Invitations have been sent to all Government Department heads, all denominational heads, as well as honourees who have been recognized for their invaluable contribution to Majority Rule, informed the PS.
Over the years, there have been a number of persons that have been honoured, as having been in the forefront of the struggle for Majority Rule.
He acknowledged that the list of honourees over the years transcended political lines.
“Majority Rule is a national celebration, and we owe it to each other to celebrate it and to recognize it for what it is for us as people of colour in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
“Of course, we are so pleased to have with us the former minister, former Member of Parliament and I dare say perhaps, the only living testament to Majority Rule, who actually lived it and was there in the trenches to bring it about for us and that Ambassador Maurice Moore.
“We certainly want to thank him for all of the contributions that he would have made over the years, including and leading up to Majority Rule,” said Brown.
Ambassador Moore will be reading that first scripture, during the Ecumenical Service while Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, K. Peter Turnquest is expected to read the second reading. President of the Grand Bahama Christian Council, Rev. Robert Lockhart is expected to lead the intercessions during the event.
Brown concluded that the Office of the Prime Minister has a special surprise planned for Thursday, following the Ecumenical Service.
Majority Rule Day was first observed as a public holiday in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on January 10, 2014, under the Christie led Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Government.
January 10, 1967, was a significant day in the history of the country as it was on that day, during the general elections, the PLP led by Sir Lynden Pindling and the ruling United Bahamian Party (UBP) both won 18 seats. Ultimately, Randol Fawkes sided with the PLP, which resulted in majority rule occurring for the first time in Bahamian history.
As a result, Sir Lynden was named the first black premier in Bahamian history and eventually the first Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.